Cuisine with Culture/ Market & Farm to Table tour
Jul
29
9:00 am09:00

Cuisine with Culture/ Market & Farm to Table tour

 

Enjoy learning about Singapore's food traditions & history in our new weekly cultural cuisine tours, organised in partnership with One Farrer Hotel. In the company of our "foodie" guide plus One Farrer's chef, you will first visit learn about this fascinating part of Singapore with its strong culinary traditions, and also about the ingredients which give character to our local cuisine and how to choose them. Our guide will take you along Kerbau Road, known as the Art Belt, to visit one of our North Indian places of worship, Shree Lakshiminarayan Temple. Hear the fascinating story of Tan Teng Nieh House, while your Chef will show you how to select raw ingredients. Take the MRT back to the Hotel for refreshments followed by a tour of the hotel's private "rooftop" Farm - actually on the 7th floor of this magnificent facility with amazing views over Little India. There you will hand pick fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs to bring to the cooking studio where you will participate in a 2 hour cooking demonstration, make your own dishes, and then savour the "fruits of your labour" at the end of the session.

Telok Ayer, Where Gods and Goddesses Reside
Aug
1
9:30 am09:30

Telok Ayer, Where Gods and Goddesses Reside

Explore the historic coastline of Chinatown and come face-to-face with traditions, customs and religions brought here by merchants, traders, and coolies. Meet Gods and Goddess sitting in their temple masterpieces and learn how clan associations provided social security to immigrants and settlers.

Tuesday Discovery Walk - Eve of National Day in the Civic District
Aug
8
9:00 am09:00

Tuesday Discovery Walk - Eve of National Day in the Civic District

This tour will explore the historic Civic District with its beautiful and impressive colonial buildings - including the Fullerton Building (the old General Post Office), the National Gallery (former Supreme Court & City Hall buildings), the Asian Civilisations Museum, the Victoria Concert Hall & Theatre and the Arts House (the old Parliament building).

You will learn about why, how and when Sir Stamford Raffles arrived in this sparely populated island in January 1819 to set up a trading post on behalf of the East India Company, his vision for its future and how he devised an early city plan.

You will also cross Cavenagh Bridge, the only suspension bridge in Singapore, made with strong Scottish steel. From there, you will learn about the importance of the Singapore River in our country's trading history.

The Singapore River
Aug
15
9:00 am09:00

The Singapore River

On this tour we will follow a living tale of people that shaped Singapore.

From Orang Laut and their sacred stone through ancient majesty of Temasek to the flocks of trading ships and multitude of Immigrants looking to build a better life in 19th century.

From Clifford Pier and Customs House - a former gateway for travellers and sailors, across Cavenagh Bridge - Singapore’s oldest bridge, we will walk along magnificent colonial buildings with great view of shophouses of Boat Quay up to former canneries, ice houses and godowns at Clarke Quay.

We will visit the River House, one of only two traditional Chinese houses remaining in Singapore.

The walk will also take us to Tan Si Chong Su Temple, which used to face the former river island of Pulau Saigon, visit Masjid Omar Kampong Melaka, the oldest mosque in Singapore to end our journey at Thong Chai Medical Institution, where free medical treatment saved the lives of thousands of coolies.

An AHA adventure in the CBD
Aug
19
9:00 am09:00

An AHA adventure in the CBD

When was the last time you spent time in our Central Business District (CBD)? Even if you work there every day, do you know its history & heritage?

The CBD is not just Singapore’s financial hub....join us on a Saturday morning for a discovery walk to reveal and explore its interesting nooks & crannies; we call it the AHA experience - Art, Heritage & Architecture!

There will be no myriad of office workers pounding the walkways at super, frenzied speed nor long lines of vehicles waiting impatiently at traffic junctions.

So you can slow your pace and take your time to uncover the original coastline, seek out the changes that have transformed the skyline of the financial heart, drop by one of the first 8 structures conserved by the URA, visit a 160+ years old place of worship and find out about sustainability.

Along the way, pause also to appreciate the many artworks by renowned local and international artists - food for the soul which softens & brightens the concrete jungle surrounding you....

Discover a different CBD!

Tuesday Discovery Walk - The Hidden Treasures of Orchard Rd
Aug
22
9:00 am09:00

Tuesday Discovery Walk - The Hidden Treasures of Orchard Rd

Orchard Road - the name conjures up visions of glitzy shops, glamorous hotels & hi-end restaurants run by celebrity chefs. But dig a little deeper and you’ll unearth much less known nooks & crannies which bear testament to its earlier years as an area replete with plantations, farms - & yes, orchards!

And just to prove this is a different Orchard Road, we'll start at the very... end! Starting at Dhoby Ghaut to learn the origins of its name, we'll visit one of the oldest churches in Singapore known as the “Scots Church”, nestled in beside Singapore’s incubators for art talents - SOTA and LASALLE. A walk past the Istana Park for a glimpse of the official residence of the President of Singapore will remind us Singapore’s colonial roots, & you can also admire the nearby facade of the last remaining traditional southern Chinese mansion.

And finally you will be blown away by the beauty of Emerald Hill with its Peranakan shophouses, a tucked away enclave of tranquility a stone's throw from hustle and bustle of the Orchard shopping district.

Forbidden City - Special theatre event including a pre-show talk with champagne & post-show meet the cast
Aug
23
7:00 pm19:00

Forbidden City - Special theatre event including a pre-show talk with champagne & post-show meet the cast

 

We invite you to join the re-staging of the most successful original musical ever to be produced in Singapore — Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress. Originally written for the opening of the Esplanade in 2002, it is again being staged there and produced by the Singapore Repertory Theatre.

Our evening will start with a talk about the Empress's background and the history of China at that period of history. This will be accompanied by a glass of champagne (included in the price of the tickets). We will then watch the show in excellent seats, after which we will have the opportunity to meet the cast.

Black & White Houses Tour
Aug
25
9:00 am09:00

Black & White Houses Tour

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful & iconic colonial houses, set in green & tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days.

We will visit 3 or 4 B&W houses in different parts of Singapore ; we travel by AC'd coach & refreshments are also included in the price

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

Tuesday Discovery Walk - Kampong Glam
Aug
29
9:00 am09:00

Tuesday Discovery Walk - Kampong Glam

Explore the neighbourhood of Kampong Glam, the heart of Singapore’s Malay community. This is where the Malay Royalty once resided among Javanese, Sumatrans, Arabs, as well as Chinese communities, all of whom left their mark in different ways.

We will start in neighbouring Victoria Street and learn about the Malabar Muslim community, then we will visit tombs of the Malay royalty in one of the oldest cemeteries in Singapore, dating back to the 1820s. In the cool ambience of the nearby Malay Heritage Centre (the former Sultan’s Palace) you will learn the colourful & delightful, at times even romantic, history, heritage and culture of Singapore's Malay community.

After a refreshing stop for coffee and local kueh (cakes), we'll walk through the streets and lanes and hear their stories - why one stretch of Bussorah Street was known as Kampong Kaji (Pilgrim Village) & part of Beach Road Kampong Tembaga (Copper Village). What made the residents of the Gudung Kuning (the Yellow Mansion) rich and famous?

We will end by exploring a little gem of a mosque, & one of the few founded by a woman - the Masjid Hajjah Fatimah - which has escaped the redevelopment of the area.

Tuesday Discovery Walk - Meet Singapore's Early Pioneers
Sep
5
9:00 am09:00

Tuesday Discovery Walk - Meet Singapore's Early Pioneers

 

Come with us to explore our island's oldest neighbourhood, and learn about the early pioneers who helped shape Singapore's future. Step back to a time when CHIJMES was a peaceful oasis, occupied by French nuns dedicated to girls' education and the abandoned babies left to their care. A time when the La Salle Brothers founded Singapore's earliest Roman Catholic church, next to which Indian convicts built their prison. A time when an ambitious Irish architect left his everlasting imprint on this fledgling colony.

Discover the rich tapestry of the Waterloo Street arts precinct, a small but vibrant area which is emblematic of Singapore's cultural and religious diversity. Here you'll find a Synagogue, a Roman Catholic church, a Buddhist and a Hindu Temple, as well as a calligraphy centre, dance studio, visual arts centre, street art and much more.

Small Group Walking tours have a maximum of 10 participants but also need a minimum number of 7 to go ahead; if we don't have enough people we will inform those who have registered (& refund their payment) by the evening before at the very latest. But we hope they will always run!!

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher as we keep the number small. The quality will be however very high.

Tuesday Discovery walk - Telok Ayer, where Gods & Goddesses reside
Sep
12
9:00 am09:00

Tuesday Discovery walk - Telok Ayer, where Gods & Goddesses reside

 

This tour will explore the historic coast-line of Chinatown to explore the traditions, customs and religions brought here by large numbers of merchants, traders and coolies.

You will start on the south bank of the Singapore River and walk along Chulia Street, the former enclave of South Indian Chettiars. On the way to Telok Ayer Street you will learn more about the great diversity of the Chinese community in mid-19th century Singapore, and the spirit of mutual assistance as provided by the Clan Associations.

You will visit UNESCO awarded Wak Hai Cheng Bio and Tien Hock Keng temples – great examples of SEA temple architecture - where you will meet gods and goddesses and learn about Chinese religions and symbolism.

You will discover that Chinatown was not only a Chinese enclave by visiting one of the oldest Indian Muslim mosques. While admiring the beautiful facades of shophouses, you will climb to the highest point of Chinatown, Ann Siang Hill, before rounding our tour off at the URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) with its very informative City Gallery.

These walking tours will have a maximum of 10 participants but also need a minimum number of 6 to go ahead; if we don't have enough people we will inform those who have registered (& refund their payment) by the evening before at the very latest. But we hope they will always run!!

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher as we are keeping the number small. The quality will be however very high.

Black & White Houses Tour
Sep
14
8:40 am08:40

Black & White Houses Tour

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful & iconic colonial houses, set in green & tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days.

We will visit 3 or 4 B&W houses in different parts of Singapore ; we travel by AC'd coach & refreshments are also included in the price

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

Please ensure you give all your details when registering.

Green Singapore Walking Tour/ Pulau Ubin's Sensory Garden
Sep
16
8:40 am08:40

Green Singapore Walking Tour/ Pulau Ubin's Sensory Garden

Come & join us for one of our most popular Walking Tours, on the delightful Pulau Ubin, arguably Singapore's last real kampong.

With its swaying coconut palms, shady trails in overgrown rubber plantations, rustic roads, secluded beaches and flourishing mangroves it feels like you've stepped back into the Singapore of the1960's; in fact the slow lane starts as soon as you join the queue for the bumboat at Changi!

Our very experienced and knowledgeable guide (an NParks guide as well as STB guide) will point out areas of particular interest, especially wildlife. We will also look at the historical significance of the area.

After a 3.5 hour walk, including refreshments (included in the price) on the island we will head back by ferry to the "mainland".

Art Walk & Workshops in Wessex Estate
Sep
18
9:00 am09:00

Art Walk & Workshops in Wessex Estate

 

Take a morning walk around the charming Wessex estate, dotted with lovely colonial houses and apartments, once residences for British personnel working in the nearby military installations.

Discover nuggets on your walk such as why the apartment blocks have names such as Flanders, and where the Sandes Soldiers Home was!

Drop by the quaint Colbar, or colonial bar, once a canteen for British personnel. Today, Wessex is the ideal artist enclave, where the lush and tranquil surroundings provide the perfect environment for creative inspiration.

Tuesday Discovery Walk - Civic District
Sep
19
9:00 am09:00

Tuesday Discovery Walk - Civic District

This tour will explore the historic Civic District with its beautiful and impressive colonial buildings - including the Fullerton Building (the old General Post Office), the National Gallery (former Supreme Court & City Hall buildings), the Asian Civilisations Museum, the Victoria Concert Hall & Theatre and the Arts House (the old Parliament building).

You will learn about why, how and when Sir Stamford Raffles arrived in this sparely populated island in January 1819 to set up a trading post on behalf of the East India Company, his vision for its future and how he devised an early city plan.

You will also cross Cavenagh Bridge,the only suspension bridge in Singapore, made with strong Scottish steel. From there, you will learn about the importance of the Singapore River in our country's trading history.

These walking tours will have a maximum of 10 participants but also need a minimum number of 7 to go ahead; if we don't have enough people we will inform those who have registered (& refund their payment) by the evening before at the very latest. But we hope they will always run!!

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher as we are keeping the number small. The quality will be however very high.

Shakespeare in the Garden!
Sep
21
6:30 pm18:30

Shakespeare in the Garden!

IN THE ABSENCE THIS YEAR OF OUR MUCH LOVED S'PEARE IN THE PARK, COME AND WATCH A PARED DOWN VERSION OF "DREAM" IN THE MAGICAL SETTING OF A BUCOLIC BLACK & WHITE HOUSE GARDEN.

BRING YOUR PICNIC FOOD (& BLANKETS THO THERE WILL BE SEATS), BUY WINE ON THE SPOT* AND SETTLE DOWN FOR A WONDERFULLY ENTERTAINING THO FUN, TONGUE IN CHEEK, VERSION OF THIS MUCH LOVED PLAY.

SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES; HALF PRICE TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR CHILDREN 12 & UNDER.

Flying up to Seletar!
Sep
23
9:00 am09:00

Flying up to Seletar!

 

Seletar is synonymous with flying - from 1928 as a flying Royal Air Force station (RAF Seletar) and also as Singapore's first international airport.

In addition to exploring its role in the defence of Singapore, we will also discover its history, its geography, its rural pre RAF days and of course its modern role as an Aerospace hub.

Included in this tour is a visit to a private - & very fun - collection of Singapore memorabilia in a Black & White house, the Seletar/Sembawang spa & much more.

Tuesday Discovery Walk - The Hidden Treasures of Orchard Rd
Sep
26
9:00 am09:00

Tuesday Discovery Walk - The Hidden Treasures of Orchard Rd

Orchard Road - the name conjures up visions of glitzy shops, glamorous hotels & hi-end restaurants run by celebrity chefs. But dig a little deeper and you’ll unearth much less known nooks & crannies which bear testament to its earlier years as an area replete with plantations, farms - & yes, orchards!

And just to prove this is a different Orchard Road, we'll start at the very...end! Starting at Dhoby Ghaut to learn the origins of its name, we'll visit one of the oldest churches in Singapore known as the “Scots Church”, nestled in beside Singapore’s incubators for art talents - SOTA and LaSalle. A walk past the Istana Park for a glimpse of the official residence of the President of Singapore will remind us Singapore’s colonial roots, & you can also admire the nearby facade of the last remaining traditional southern Chinese mansion.

And finally you will be blown away by the beauty of Emerald Hill with its Peranakan shophouses, a tucked away enclave of tranquility a stone's throw from hustle and bustle of the Orchard shopping district.

Small walking tours will have a maximum of 10 participants but also need a minimum number of 7 to go ahead; if we don't have enough people we will inform those who have registered (& refund their payment) by the evening before at the very latest. But we hope they will always run!!

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher as we are keeping the number small. The quality will be however very high.

Green Singapore Walking Tour/ Pulau Ubin's Wild West
Oct
3
8:00 am08:00

Green Singapore Walking Tour/ Pulau Ubin's Wild West

 

DESCRIPTION

Come & join us for one of our most popular Walking Tours, on the delightful Pulau Ubin, arguably Singapore's last real kampong.

And in the "Wild West" of Ubin, we will see the extraordinary German Girl's Shrine plus arguably the most eclectic temple in Singapore with its Thai & Tibetan sections, Hindu deities & more!

Ubin itself is a treat - with its swaying coconut palms, shady trails in overgrown rubber plantations, rustic roads, secluded beaches and flourishing mangroves it feels like you've stepped back into the Singapore of the 1960's; in fact the slow lane starts as soon as you join the queue for the bumboat at Changi!

Our very experienced and knowledgeable guide (an NParks guide as well as STB guide) will point out areas of particular interest, especially wildlife. We will also look at the historical significance of the area.

After a 3.5 hour walk, including refreshments (included in the price) on the island we will head back by ferry to the "mainland".

Emerald Hill Walking Tour
Oct
4
9:00 am09:00

Emerald Hill Walking Tour

Come & discover the history & stories behind one of Singapore's most beautiful enclaves. Situated a stone's throw from Orchard Road, it's like a little oasis of tranquility!

We will take a walk around its streets & visit 2 or 3 homes which will illustrate the way in which some of these lovely old "shophouses", which are mostly around 100 years old, have been adapted to a greater or lesser extent for modern living.

Discover the old railway track, and a little jewel of a Chinese temple, & hear your guide's personal memories of this fantastic conservation area.

Black & White House Tour
Oct
12
9:00 am09:00

Black & White House Tour

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful & iconic colonial houses, set in green & tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days.

We will visit 3 or 4 B&W houses in different parts of Singapore ; we travel by AC'd coach & refreshments are also included in the price

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

Green Singapore Walking Tour/ Migratory Birds at Sungei Buloh
Oct
14
8:00 am08:00

Green Singapore Walking Tour/ Migratory Birds at Sungei Buloh

Come & join us for the very first of our dedicated migratory bird watching tours.

Our very experienced and knowledgeable guide (an NParks guide as well as STB & also a bird expert) will take us through the delightful Sungei Buloh Wetlands, pointing out areas of particular interest, especially wildlife. We will also look at the historical significance of the area.

After a 2.5 hour walk, we will go to the nearby - & well known - Bollywood Veggies for refreshments (included in the price) before heading back to town.

World War 2 part 1 The Invasion
Oct
21
9:00 am09:00

World War 2 part 1 The Invasion

Learn about the Japanese invasion in 1942, and the events leading up to the unexpected capitulation of "Fortress Singapore".

Visit WW2 sites including the Kranji War Memorial, the Landing Beaches & Battlefield Sites on Singapore's North coast, and an amazing little treasure of a museum in Pasir Panjang, which commemorates the heroic last stand by the Malay Regiment in the last battle for Singapore.

The route we will take from Kranji to Pasir Panjang will be that taken by the Japanese troops as they overran the island. We will also pass by a number of other significant places such as the Last Defence Pillbox and the old Ford Factory, the site of the surrender of the Allies to the Japanese.

Please note that participants in this tour can buy tickets for our Part 2 ,the Occupation tour on Sat Nov 11th at a discounted rate of $50.

Green Singapore Walking Tour/ Migratory Birds at Sungei Buloh
Nov
2
8:00 am08:00

Green Singapore Walking Tour/ Migratory Birds at Sungei Buloh

 

Come & join us for the very first of our dedicated migratory bird watching Tours.

Our very experienced and knowledgeable guide (an NParks guide as well as STB & also a bird expert) will take us through the delightful Sungei Buloh Wetlands, pointing out areas of particular interest, especially wildlife. We will also look at the historical significance of the area.

After a 2.5 hour walk, we will go to the nearby - & well known - Bollywood Veggies for refreshments (included in the price) before heading back to town.

Black & White Houses Tour
Nov
10
8:40 am08:40

Black & White Houses Tour

 

DESCRIPTION

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful & iconic colonial houses, set in green & tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days.

We will visit 3 or 4 B&W houses in different parts of Singapore ; we travel by AC'd coach & refreshments are also included in the price

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

Please ensure you give all your details when registering.

World War 2 part 2 The Occupation
Nov
11
8:45 am08:45

World War 2 part 2 The Occupation

The Japanese occupation of Singapore had a major impact on both the psyche and the history of Singapore; things would literally never be the same.

Learn about the 3 and a half years that Singapore was Syonan-To, and the reality and repercussions of that occupation, including the Sook Ching massacres.

We will visit WW2 sites, including the Sook Ching Memorial site, Changi beach, Changi Chapel & Museum and the old Ford Factory, with our experienced tour guide.

Hear personal recollections of the impact of the war years on his family, his community and the country as a whole.

The tour will include refreshments in Changi village or museum.

Nature & History Walk to St John's & Lazarus Islands
Nov
17
8:00 am08:00

Nature & History Walk to St John's & Lazarus Islands

A few kilometres south of Singapore lies a secret beach with clear waters and white sands on St John's Island, one of the country's many beautiful offshore islands.

St John's Island was once a quarantine centre for immigrants coming into Singapore who had cholera, beri-beri and leprosy. It was later used to house political prisoners and drug rehabilitators - you can still see the high barbed wire fences - and was also a refuge for Vietnamese boat people

Today, both St John's and its neighbour Lazarus Island are known as places for a day trip away from the city, so come & join us as we explore the nature and history of these beautiful pieces or paradise!

Black & White House Tour
Dec
1
9:00 am09:00

Black & White House Tour

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful & iconic colonial houses, set in green & tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days.

We will visit 3 or 4 B&W houses in different parts of Singapore ; we travel by AC'd coach & refreshments are also included in the price

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

Nature & Modern Singapore tour of the Trash Island (aka Pulau Semakau)
Dec
2
9:00 am09:00

Nature & Modern Singapore tour of the Trash Island (aka Pulau Semakau)

 

Trash Island ...or more correctly, the Semakau Landfill, may not sound it, but it is an absolutely beautiful place with fantastic wildlife to be seen.

We'll take the ferry over (a treat in itself !,) and on landing in Semakau, will learn all about Singapore's approach to trash management before heading off on a tour of its facilities.

We should be back on "terra firma" by 1pm.

Emerald Hill Walking Tour
Dec
7
9:00 am09:00

Emerald Hill Walking Tour

 

Come & discover the history & stories behind one of Singapore's most beautiful enclaves. Situated a stone's throw from Orchard Road, it's like a little oasis of tranquility!

We will take a walk around its streets & visit 2 or 3 homes which will illustrate the way in which some of these lovely old "shophouses", which are mostly around 100 years old, have been adapted to a greater or lesser extent for modern living.

Discover the old railway track, and a little jewel of a Chinese temple, & hear your guide's personal memories of this fantastic conservation area.


The Civic District
Jul
25
9:30 am09:30

The Civic District

This tour covers one of our most historic districts with its Colonial buildings and bridges. Explore the Asian Civilisations Museum, the National Gallery, Old Parliament building, & Victoria Theatre. Learn how & why Sir Stamford Raffles chose this island to set up a trading post for the East India Company, and his approach to trade and to city planning.

Cuisine with Culture/ Market & Farm to Table tour
Jul
22
9:00 am09:00

Cuisine with Culture/ Market & Farm to Table tour

Enjoy learning about Singapore's food traditions & history in our new weekly cultural cuisine tours, organised in partnership with One Farrer Hotel. In the company of our "foodie" guide plus One Farrer's chef, you will first visit learn about this fascinating part of Singapore with its strong culinary traditions, and also about the ingredients which give character to our local cuisine and how to choose them. Our guide will take you along Kerbau Road, known as the Art Belt, to visit one of our North Indian places of worship, Shree Lakshiminarayan Temple. Hear the fascinating story of Tan Teng Nieh House, while your Chef will show you how to select raw ingredients. Take the MRT back to the Hotel for refreshments followed by a tour of the hotel's private "rooftop" Farm - actually on the 7th floor of this magnificent facility with amazing views over Little India. There you will hand pick fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs to bring to the cooking studio where you will participate in a 2 hour cooking demonstration, make your own dishes, and then savour the "fruits of your labour" at the end of the session.

Black & White Houses
Jul
21
8:40 am08:40

Black & White Houses

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful & iconic colonial houses, set in green & tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days.

We will visit 3 or 4 B&W houses in different parts of Singapore ; we travel by AC'd coach & refreshments are also included in the price

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

Please ensure you give all your details when registering.

Meet Our Early Pioneers
Jul
18
9:30 am09:30

Meet Our Early Pioneers

Walk through Singapore’s oldest neighbourhood to see how early pioneers shaped our country to what it is today. Travel back in time and learn about the French nuns who educated girls & rescued babies, about the La Salle Brothers' hand in founding our earliest Roman Catholic church, about Indian convicts and prison cells. Also see how churches, synagogues, temples, & arts studios thrive side-by-side.

Cuisine with Culture/ Market & Farm to Table tour
Jul
15
9:00 am09:00

Cuisine with Culture/ Market & Farm to Table tour

Enjoy learning about Singapore's food traditions & history in our new weekly cultural cuisine tours, organised in partnership with One Farrer Hotel. In the company of our "foodie" guide plus One Farrer's chef, you will first visit learn about this fascinating part of Singapore with its strong culinary traditions, and also about the ingredients which give character to our local cuisine and how to choose them. Our guide will take you along Kerbau Road, known as the Art Belt, to visit one of our North Indian places of worship, Shree Lakshiminarayan Temple. Hear the fascinating story of Tan Teng Nieh House, while your Chef will show you how to select raw ingredients. Take the MRT back to the Hotel for refreshments followed by a tour of the hotel's private "rooftop" Farm - actually on the 7th floor of this magnificent facility with amazing views over Little India. There you will hand pick fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs to bring to the cooking studio where you will participate in a 2 hour cooking demonstration, make your own dishes, and then savour the "fruits of your labour" at the end of the session.

History and World Heritage of Botanic Gardens
Jul
11
9:30 am09:30

History and World Heritage of Botanic Gardens

Discover the 157 year-old Botanic Gardens, Singapore’s first ever UNESCO World Heritage Site - a testament to Singapore’s reputation as a City-in- a-Garden and the birthplace of the rubber and orchid industries. See life-size sculptures, rare orchids, heritage trees, & so much more.

Cuisine with Culture/ Market & Farm to Table tour
Jul
8
9:00 am09:00

Cuisine with Culture/ Market & Farm to Table tour

 

Enjoy learning about Singapore's food traditions & history in our new weekly cultural cuisine tours, organised in partnership with One Farrer Hotel. In the company of our "foodie" guide plus One Farrer's chef, you will first visit learn about this fascinating part of Singapore with its strong culinary traditions, and also about the ingredients which give character to our local cuisine and how to choose them. Our guide will take you along Kerbau Road, known as the Art Belt, to visit one of our North Indian places of worship, Shree Lakshiminarayan Temple. Hear the fascinating story of Tan Teng Nieh House, while your Chef will show you how to select raw ingredients. Take the MRT back to the Hotel for refreshments followed by a tour of the hotel's private "rooftop" Farm - actually on the 7th floor of this magnificent facility with amazing views over Little India. There you will hand pick fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs to bring to the cooking studio where you will participate in a 2 hour cooking demonstration, make your own dishes, and then savour the "fruits of your labour" at the end of the session. For this first session, you will learn how to prepare delicious Mutton Biryani and Indian Fish Head Curry

The Colours of Chinatown
Jul
4
9:30 am09:30

The Colours of Chinatown

Walk through Singapore’s unofficial Harmony Street and see how diverse places of worship sit side-by-side. See the goldsmiths, herbalists, old opera theatre… Listen to stories of the coolies, and the infamous secret societies and opium dens. A visit to the URA’s City Gallery included.

Art & Neighbourhood Walk/Neal & Blair Road Conservation areas
Jul
1
9:00 am09:00

Art & Neighbourhood Walk/Neal & Blair Road Conservation areas

Join us for a walk around the beautiful, historic & now super cool area of Blair Rd, these days home to many art galleries & artists.

Our tour will take us on a walk to see some of the wonderfully nostalgic works of famous street artist Yip Yew Chong (Singapore's equivalent of Banksy?!) - see an example above. The unassuming YC is probably Singapore's most famous wall mural artist today, and in his own words "I made my first stroke of paint on a perimeter wall of an old house at Everton Road. It was a blessed stroke which opened up a whole new world of experiences and a full year of happiness." Today you can find YC's nostalgic wall murals all over Singapore - from Kampong Glam to Chinatown to his latest at the National Museum. Come along with us to visit this very first wall mural of his at Everton Road and hear from the artist himself about his journey and his works.

We'll then explore various other hidden treasures in the area, ending with a visit to an international art gallery where we'll be swept into the amazing art works of SZTO and Ren Zi, two of today's foremost mixed-media artists with unique perspectives.

Ramadan in Kampong Glam
Jun
23
4:30 pm16:30

Ramadan in Kampong Glam

The holiest month of the Islamic calendar falls in the month of Ramadan during which time, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk where not even a drop of water is consumed.

During this period, in the evenings, Bussorah Street in Kampong Glam becomes a hub of activity as Muslims gather to buy food home for their loved ones. Stall holders entice passers-by with all kinds of Malay, Indonesian, India, Arabian and Mediterranean food.

Join in the buzz of the festivities with our once-a-year walking tour and:

Learn how pilgrims prepare for the once-in-lifetime Hajj,

Listen to tales of royal palaces, mosques and gardens,

See drapes of lush fabrics and Malay kebayas, glittering gemstones and crystals,

Smell decadent perfumes and frankincense.

Join our Muslim friends to break with them their fast at 7.10 pm with a meal of rice and curries (included in the price of the tour).

Black & Wine Evening in Mount Pleasant Rd
Jun
21
6:30 pm18:30

Black & Wine Evening in Mount Pleasant Rd

JOIN US FOR ANTHER OF OUR POPULAR WINE TASTING EVENINGS - SET IN SINGAPORE’S HERITAGE “BLACK & WHITE” HOUSES.

HOSTED BY THE RESIDENTS OF THESE HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT HOMES, YOU WILL LEARN THEIR HERITAGE WITH JANE, WHO WILL ALSO LEAD YOU ON A TOUR OF THE HOUSE.

PLUS YOU WILL ENJOY TASTINGS OF FIVE HAND-CURATED WINES FROM POP UP WINE, WHO WILL OFFER A DISCOUNT OF UP TO 30% ON PURCHASES MADE ON THE NIGHT.

AND THERE WILL OF COURSE BE CHEESE TO ACCOMPANY THAT WINE!

Hidden Treasures of Orchard Road
Jun
20
9:30 am09:30

Hidden Treasures of Orchard Road

A tour that takes you away from the glitz and glamour of Singapore’s most famous street, Orchard Road; this was after all, a road where plantations and farms thrived. Learn of the historic Indian laundry, the “Scots Church” & the Peranakan enclave.

Kampong Glam
Jun
13
9:00 am09:00

Kampong Glam

Explore the neighbourhood of Kampong Glam, the heart of Singapore’s Malay community where Royalty once resided among Javanese, Sumatrans, Arabs and Chinese communities, all of whom left their mark in different ways. Visit old lanes with names like Copper Village, Pilgrim Village plus the Yellow Mansion, all of which tell tales of magical days of old. We visit the Malay Heritage Centre & the Sultan Mosque.

Emerald Hill Walking Tour
Jun
9
8:40 am08:40

Emerald Hill Walking Tour

Come & discover the history & stories behind one of Singapore's most beautiful enclaves. Situated a stone's throw from Orchard Road, it's like a little oasis of tranquility!

We will take a walk around its streets & visit 2 or 3 homes which will illustrate the way in which some of these lovely old "shophouses", which are mostly around 100 years old, have been adapted to a greater or lesser extent for modern living.

Discover the old railway track, and a little jewel of a Chinese temple, & hear your guide's personal memories of this fantastic conservation area.

Green Singapore: The Singapore Granite Quarry in the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
Jun
7
8:30 am08:30

Green Singapore: The Singapore Granite Quarry in the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Come & join us another of our monthly Nature & History Walking Tours.

This time it's "an off the beaten track" experience to the Singapore Quarry; see more details below.

Our very experienced and knowledgeable guide (he is an NParks guide as well as STB) will take us through this section of the historic Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

After an approx 2 hour walk, we will go to a nearby cafe for refreshments (included in the price).

Please note we will meet at Hillview MRT at 8:30am. More info will be emailed to you a few days before the walk.

Background info on the Singapore Quarry:

Singapore’s geology is abundant in granite, and quarrying activities began as early as the beginning of the 1900s. In the 1960s to 1970s there were an estimated 20-25 granite quarries supplying much-needed granite to feed the post-independence building and construction boom.

The hilly areas around the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve were home to several active granite quarry sites & at the base of the Bukit Timah Hill were 3 granite quarries: Dairy Farm Quarry, Singapore Granite Quarry and Hindhede Quarry.

The Singapore Quarry, after a period of rehabilitation allowing vegetation and wildlife to return, recovered enough from the destructive quarrying activities to reopen in 2009 as a freshwater wetland park, complete with a viewing platform.

Meet our Communities: the Jewish history of Singapore
Jun
6
9:00 am09:00

Meet our Communities: the Jewish history of Singapore

Join us on a wonderful journey to discover the fascinating story and rich heritage of Singapore's Jewish community.

Our tour will bring you through some iconic jewish buildings and sites with Jewish connections.

The highlights of the tour will include:

  •  2 beautiful synagogues that are seldom seen: the newly restored and sumptuous Chesed-El synagogue in Oxley Rise and the oldest synagogue in South East Asia, the Maghain Abboth in Waterloo Street
  •  the Mahalah old Jewish quarter with its iconic buildings
  •  last but not least, an exclusive visit to the grounds of Eden Hall, an iconic building currently the British High Commissioner’s home but originally designed for Jewish merchant & hotelier Eziekel Manaesseh

During the tour, you will gain insights into this close-knit community, and learn about the heartwarming and heartbreaking tales of the local Jewry.

You will also get to know several colourful and prominent Jewish characters from the past and learn their contribution to Singapore’s development.

The tour will be partly by bus and partly walking.

Black & White Houses Tour
Jun
3
8:40 am08:40

Black & White Houses Tour

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful & iconic colonial houses, set in green & tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days.

We will visit 3 or 4 B&W houses in different parts of Singapore ; we travel by AC'd coach & refreshments are also included in the price

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

Forbidden Fort Canning - History of Old Singapore
May
30
9:00 am09:00

Forbidden Fort Canning - History of Old Singapore

Take a walk on the hill where kings lived in the 14th century, where the colonial government had their seat in the 19th century and which the military used as a base during WW2. Learn about the people who lived here and the events that took place that changed Singapore forever. We will explore the Armenian Church, Central Fire Station & the Masonic Lodge.

Explore our Neighbourhoods! Tiong Bahru
May
26
9:00 am09:00

Explore our Neighbourhoods! Tiong Bahru

Touted as one of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods by Vogue, ‘Singapore’s hippest hood’ by CNN and by locals as one of the most happening, everyone loves Tiong Bahru's old world charm.

Visiting this quaint neighbourhood, you immediately notice an intriguing mix of old and new. The transformation from swamp to swank began in the 1930s, and some of the landmarks from that era still stand today, including the residential blocks and the first Monkey God Temple dedicated to the main character from Chinese literary classic Journey to the West.

Our walk will take us around one of Singapore's oldest public residential estates where we will explore its pre-war and post-war architecture, and learn about the history and stories associated with this charming and picturesque neighbourhood with its row after row of quaint art deco buildings.

You will also learn about Tiong Bahru’s rich heritage - from stories of prominent pioneer community leaders to residents who were born in the air raid shelter during World War II, to religion and rituals, culture and food, and more.

We will also enjoy an exclusive visit to Singapore's first WW2 communal civilian air raid shelter to be located in a residential estate.

Spicy Singapore
May
24
9:00 am09:00

Spicy Singapore

Add some spice to your Singapore life by joining this fun tour which will delve into the historical, trade, medicinal and, most importantly, culinary properties of the multitude of spices available here.

We'll begin by exploring the spice and herb gardens as old as the hills of Fort Canning.

Our magic carpet (OK bus!) will then whisk us to the Geylang Serai market to visit stalls selling herbs and ground spices where veteran stallholders will make you a fresh mixture of spices to take home. Stop by the old lady who whips up the most fragrant potpourri made with fresh flowers drizzled with rose water and let your guide fetch you a warm batch of steamed Putu Piring - fluffy white pillows filled with smooth molasses dipped in shredded coconut.

Back on the coach and it's down to Little India to visit one of Singapore's most popular wet markets, Tekka. Be introduced to little-known vegetables and how they are best eaten. Visit one of Singapore's only surviving mills where grandmothers still insist on bringing in their washed rice to be ground into flour for bread. Your second sampler stop will be here to try out a delectable sweet meat.

Finish the tour with a meal made from all the spices you have been introduced to. You're not a novice any longer:-)

The meeting point of the tour will be at the entrance of the National Museum Singapore facing Fort Canning Park.The tour will end in Little India.

Weekly Walk: Telok Ayer, where Gods & Goddesses reside
May
23
9:00 am09:00

Weekly Walk: Telok Ayer, where Gods & Goddesses reside

DUE TO DEMAND, WE HAVE SET UP A SECOND GROUP WITH ANOTHER OF OUR GUIDES AS WE WANT TO KEEP THE GROUPS SMALL

The second of our new weekly walking tours for small groups of between 7 and 10 participants, this one will explore the historic coast-line of Chinatown to explore the traditions, customs and religions brought here by large numbers of merchants, traders and coolies.

You will start on the south bank of the Singapore River and walk along Chulia Street, the former enclave of South Indian Chettiars. On the way to Telok Ayer Street you will learn more about the great diversity of the Chinese community in mid-19th century Singapore, and the spirit of mutual assistance as provided by the Clan Associations.

You will visit UNESCO awarded Wak Hai Cheng Bio and Tien Hock Keng temples – great examples of SEA temple architecture - where you will meet gods and goddesses and learn about Chinese religions and symbolism.

You will discover that Chinatown was not only a Chinese enclave by visiting one of the oldest Indian Muslim mosques. While admiring the beautiful facades of shophouses, you will climb to the highest point of Chinatown, Ann Siang Hill, before rounding our tour off at the URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) with its very informative City Gallery.

These walking tours will have a maximum of 10 participants but also need a minimum number of 6 to go ahead; if we don't have enough people we will inform those who have registered (& refund their payment) by the evening before at the very latest. But we hope they will always run!!

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher as we are keeping the number small. The quality will be however very high; see comments below from our last one at the end of January which was a prototype for this new series:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history".
"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you".
"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour."
Jewish Footprints in Singapore: An evening with Mrs Jean Marshall
May
19
7:00 pm19:00

Jewish Footprints in Singapore: An evening with Mrs Jean Marshall

 

Join us for a very special evening with Mrs Jean Marshall, the wife of David Marshall, Singapore's first Chief Minister, as she explores and explains our local Jewish heritage.

Although a Christian herself, her knowledge of - and interest in - Judaism stems from her long marriage to David, the son of Sephardi Jews who migrated to Singapore from Baghdad in 1900

In her talk, Mrs Marshall will speak of her own discovery of the background of her husband’s community which has been represented in Singapore since the time of Raffles, as well as discuss some of the many existing evidences of contributions which Jewish individuals and groups have made to Singapore’s history and development.

This event will be held at beautiful Eden Hall, the British High Commissioner's residence in Singapore, itself a part of our heritage. You may know that this "Wedgwood style" house was designed by Singapore's renowned architect, RAJ Bidwell over 100 years ago. But did you know that its first owner was a prominent Jewish businessman? And that Mr Bidwell also designed our second synagogue in Oxley Rise?

All proceeds from this event will go to charities supported by Mrs Marshall and Mrs Anne Wightman, the British High Commissioner’s wife.

 

Please note that this event will be incredibly popular, so please sign up quickly!

Tiles, temples & more!
May
17
9:00 am09:00

Tiles, temples & more!

Telok Ayer (Water Bay in Malay) Street is extraordinary in the diversity of religious institutions lining it. One of Singapore's oldest Chinese temples, a mosque, a church and an Indian Muslim shrine all live in neighbourly peace with each other; so much so that it's often referred to as the "street of harmony".

Come and find out the history of this wonderful street, its location on the old banks of the Singapore river and how this contributed to its significance in the early days of the new port with its reputedly gold paved streets.

Weekly Walk: Civic District
May
16
9:00 am09:00

Weekly Walk: Civic District

This tour will explore the historic Civic District with its beautiful and impressive colonial buildings - including the Fullerton Building (the old General Post Office), the National Gallery (former Supreme Court & City Hall buildings), the Asian Civilisations Museum, the Victoria Concert Hall & Theatre and the Arts House (the old Parliament building).

You will learn about why, how and when Sir Stamford Raffles arrived in this sparely populated island in January 1819 to set up a trading post on behalf of the East India Company, his vision for its future and how he devised an early city plan.

You will also cross Cavenagh Bridge,the only suspension bridge in Singapore, made with strong Scottish steel. From there, you will learn about the importance of the Singapore River in our country's trading history.

These walking tours will have a maximum of 10 participants but also need a minimum number of 7 to go ahead; if we don't have enough people we will inform those who have registered (& refund their payment) by the evening before at the very latest. But we hope they will always run!!

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher as we are keeping the number small. The quality will be however very high; see comments below from our last one at the end of January which was a prototype for this new series:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history".
"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you".
"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour."
Lights, Camera, Action! The story of Singapore film
May
13
9:00 am09:00

Lights, Camera, Action! The story of Singapore film

This is a really fun tour, as you can tell from the photo above taken at the Shaw Studios on a tour in 2016!

Background: the post war years, especially the 1950s, saw Singapore's "golden age of cinema" and was dominated by 2 movie companies, Shaw & Cathay.

Although both these names survive in their movie theatres, only the Shaw studios still exist - albeit as a testament to the past - while the Cathay studios have long since disappeared.

In recent years the movie industry here has enjoyed something of a revival with many Singaporean directors such as Jack Neo, Eric Khoo, Royston Tan, Anthony Chen and Ken Kwek releasing films to not only national, but also international, acclaim.

Itinerary: our tour will visit the Shaw Studios, we'll then hop on a bus and visit some sites from movies made here (while watching clips from those movies),then onto the Cathay Gallery and we'll end at the Projector Movie Theatre in Beach Road for a chat about the current film scene in Singapore.

A previous fun visit to the Shaw studios...

Nature & History Walk: Alexandra Trail and Southern Ridges
May
10
8:00 am08:00

Nature & History Walk: Alexandra Trail and Southern Ridges

Come & join us for the fifth of our monthly Nature & History Walking Tours. A great way to celebrate Buddha's birthday!

Our very experienced and knowledgeable guide (she is an NParks guide as well as STB) will take us through this historic area of southern Singapore.

Our route will follow the Alexandra Garden Trail, visit Hort Park, cross the Alexandra Bridge and walk up to the magnificent Henderson Waves bridge.

After a 2.5 hour walk, we will go to the nearby for refreshments (included in the price) at the Seah Im Food Centre,which is a very short walk from the Harbourfront MRT .

Please note we will meet at Labrador Park MRT at 8am. More information will be sent to you a few days before the walk.

Weekly Walk: Meet Singapore's early pioneers!
May
9
9:00 am09:00

Weekly Walk: Meet Singapore's early pioneers!

Come with us to explore our island's oldest neighbourhood, and learn about the early pioneers who helped shape Singapore's future. Step back to a time when CHIJMES was a peaceful oasis, occupied by French nuns dedicated to girls' education and the abandoned babies left to their care. A time when the La Salle Brothers founded Singapore's earliest Roman Catholic church, next to which Indian convicts built their prison. A time when an ambitious Irish architect left his everlasting imprint on this fledgling colony.

Discover the rich tapestry of the Waterloo Street arts precinct, a small but vibrant area which is emblematic of Singapore's cultural and religious diversity. Here you'll find a Synagogue, a Roman Catholic church, a Buddhist and a Hindu Temple, as well as a calligraphy centre, dance studio, visual arts centre, street art and much more.

Small Group Walking tours have a maximum of 10 participants but also need a minimum number of 7 to go ahead; if we don't have enough people we will inform those who have registered (& refund their payment) by the evening before at the very latest. But we hope they will always run!!

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher as we keep the number small. The quality will be however very high; see comments below from our last one at the end of January which was a prototype for this new series:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history".

 

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you".
"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour."
La Cage by Wild Rice at Victoria Theatre: A very special afternoon theatre AND architecture event
May
7
2:00 pm14:00

La Cage by Wild Rice at Victoria Theatre: A very special afternoon theatre AND architecture event

Please come & spend a colourful Sunday afternoon with the wonderful Wild Rice team's latest production LA CAGE AUX FOLLES...and also enjoy some history & culture in our pre-show talk about the recent restoration of the Victoria Theatre & Concert Hall by the architect responsible, Mr Ng Weng Pan, followed by a short tour.

After the show we will have a private reception (which will include a glass or 2 of wine) with Ivan & Glen - so don't forget your camera or make sure your phone is charged up!

ALL TICKETS ARE CATEGORY 1 & INCLUDE SISTIC FEE. EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE TIL APRIL 22ND.

PLEASE NOTE THIS SHOW IS RECOMMENDED FOR AGE 16 YEARS AND ABOVE DUE TO ITS CONTENT.

Synopsis

The Location - LA CAGE, - a flamboyant nightclub in the heart of Singapore's Tanjong Pagar.

The People - George , your charming host and Albin, his long-time partner who becomes the world-famous caberet performer as diva Zaza.

The Plot - Life is beautiful, until George's son, Jonathan, announces his plan to marry the daughter of Mr. C.K. Tan, an ultra-conservative politician whose life's mission to shut down the colourful local nightlife. When Jonathan brings his future in-laws home to 'meet the parents', the bonds of family are put to test and skirmishes ensue!

The Production Team and Cast - W!LD RICE, directed by Glen Goei, staring Ivan Heng.

Black & White Houses Tour
May
4
8:40 am08:40

Black & White Houses Tour

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful & iconic colonial houses, set in green & tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days.

We will visit 3 or 4 B&W houses in different parts of Singapore ; we travel by AC'd coach & refreshments are also included in the price

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!